Weapons of the Weak: Everyday Forms of Peasant Resistance (Google eBook)

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Yale University Press, 2008 - SOCIAL SCIENCE - 389 pages
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Weapons of the Weak is an ethnography by James C. Scott that studies the effects of the Green Revolution in rural Malaysia. One of the main objectives of the study is to make an argument that the Marxian and Gramscian ideas of false consciousness and hegemony are incorrect. He develops this conclusion throughout the book, through the different scenarios and characters that come up during his time of fieldwork in the village. This publication, based on 2 years of fieldwork (1978-1980), focuses on the local class relations in a small rice farming community of 70 households in the main paddy-growing area of Kedah in Malaysia. Introduction of the Green Revolution in 1976 eliminated 2/3 of the wage-earning opportunities for smallholders and landless laborers. The main ensuing class struggle is analyzed being the ideological struggle in the village and the practice of resistance itself consisting of: foot-dragging, dissimulation, desertion, false compliance, pilfering, feigned ignorance and sabotage acts. Rich and poor are engaged in an unremitting if silent struggle to define changes in land tenure, mechanization and employment to advance their own interests, and to use values that they share to control the distribution of status, land, work and grain.
  

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Review: Weapons of the Weak: Everyday Forms of Peasant Resistance

User Review  - Tomas Chaigneau - Goodreads

It is not what I would call an easy read, and some chapters area almost purely methodological... But the content was incredibly interesting and can cut across interests and disciplines. With hindsight however, I think I would have been content with reading the introductory and conclusion chapters! Read full review

Review: Weapons of the Weak: Everyday Forms of Peasant Resistance

User Review  - Margaret Sankey - Goodreads

Although this is a sociological study of one village in Malaysia in the 1970s, the tactics are equally applicable to peasants throughout human history. In this case, tensions were exacerbated by the ... Read full review

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Contents

1 Small Arms Fire in the Class War
1
2 Normal Exploitation Normal Resistance
28
3 The Landscape of Resistance
48
4 Sedaka 19671979
86
5 History according to Winners and Losers
138
Photographs following page 162
162
Ideology at Work
184
Cautious Resistance and Calculated Conformity
241
Everyday Forms of Ideological Struggle
304
Appendixes
351
Bibliography
364
Index
375
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